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President's Golf Tourney Funds Scholarships

New Mexico Tech Hosts Two-Day Fund-Raising Golf Tourney

President’s Event Supports Scholarship Fund

SOCORRO, N.M. – Hundreds of golfers will converge on Socorro in mid-September to support the education mission of New Mexico Tech – and have a day full of fun.

The 23rd Annual President’s Club Golf Tournament, hosted by Tech President Dr. Stephen G. Wells, is Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16, at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course. The tournament raised more than $190,000 in 2015 to help Tech students complete their degree program.

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Shortly after becoming the university president in 1993, Dr. Daniel H. López started the tournament as a way to increase the university’s scholarship fund. The 2016 edition marks the first event hosted by new president, Dr. Wells, who took the reins of the university in July. 

The cost is $325 per player or $1,250 per team. The bulk of the funds raised come from corporate and individual sponsorships. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $10,000. More information is available at http://www.nmt.edu/presidents-club/golf-tournament. To register or for sponsorship information, contact tournament director Kiane Pound at (575) 835-5618 or kiane.pound@nmt.edu.

Over the years, the President’s Scholarship Fund has helped 357 students finish their degrees. Tech has distributed more than $639,000 in scholarships to those 357 students. The tournament has raised more than $3 million over the history of the tournament, meaning this scholarship fund will remain healthy and helping Tech students for many years to come. During the 2015-2016 school year, this fund helped 34 students with $78,222 of scholarship funding.

“This event is important for students because it supports the President’s Tuition Assistance Fund,” said event organizer Kiane Pound. “When students run out of other scholarships, this helps them reach their goal of earning a degree without going further in debt.”

The tournament kicks off with a VIP flight on Thursday, Sept. 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. VIPs are treated to a private reception with President Wells in the evening. Friday’s features two flights, with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All golfers are treated to lunch at the golf pavilion and a dinner at Macey Center. The top finishers in each flight earn prizes, mostly donated by sponsors. Many other prizes will be given away by random drawing. Golfers are also treated to gourmet snacks and free drinks as they make their way around the golf course.

The difficulty of the university’s curriculum often contributes to student’s financial challenges. Most undergraduate students at the state-sponsored science and engineering school take at least five years to complete a bachelor’s degree. In 2015, about 15 percent of the graduates finished in four years.

Since most government scholarship programs, such as the Lottery Scholarship, only fund four years of university study, the President’s Scholarship Fund typically helps fifth-year students complete their degree work. The fund also helps other disadvantaged students. For instance, after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, the fund helped three students transfer from waterlogged campuses in Louisiana to New Mexico Tech.

The event requires an army of volunteers from nearly every department on campus. Often times, students who benefit from the President’s Fund Scholarships are on hand to help the tournament run smoothly. Top finishes in each flight get prizes, but the true winners are the students.

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